IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 503: The Practicability of Penance

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Organiser:Ludger Körntgen, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Moderator/Chair:Ludger Körntgen, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Paper 503-aConfession and Marriage Counselling
(Language: English)
Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Lay Piety
Paper 503-bPenance and Lay Piety in 10th- and 11th-Century England
(Language: English)
Katy Cubitt, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Anthropology, Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Lay Piety
Paper 503-cThe Liber Corrector: A Practical Guide for Penance?
(Language: English)
Birgit Kynast, Historisches Seminar, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History

Penance and its practice had been a most virulent concern in early medieval Christianity. This is documented by a great number of sources which also give a variety of insights into early medieval society. The value of these sources for research on both mentality and penitential practice has been widely discussed during the last decades. This section will offer new approaches to both clerical and lay perspectives on penance and ask whether there were efforts to create a ‘practicability’ of penance. The papers will take a closer look on material including penitentials as confessional manuals, vernacular confessional prayers and sources for lay piety, as well as sources with a canonical focus.